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MooseTrack

Gunflint Lake Trout Fishing

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MooseTrack

I am heading up to Gunflint Lake this weekend with the family in search of some lake trout and a last minute family get-away (since we do not head to Mexico..I guess we will have to go lake trout fishing cool . Thanks Steve F for the recommendations. We will have snowmobiles, so we will be mobile. Just looking for any info on baits and if anyone has updated info. Thanks.

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walterman

MooseTrack...from what ive heard the snow is melting fast up the trail. It got to 61 degrees according to the Seagull creek guard station website today. We are headed up on Wednesday and staying on the lake also. Hopefully we will be able to run all over the place, we changed our plans from sleds to atvs for this trip. Hopefully we are ok. If you see a couple of hondas with a green otter and blue fish trap stop over.

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Northlander

Slender spoons, jigging raps, gulp smelt or shiners on a jig head, lindy flyers, buckshots and Nils jigging shads all got hits when we were up there. Shore lines with sharp drops, points and mid lake humps. Most fishing we did was in the 25-45' range.

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grousehunter

I'll be up there this weekend too. Staying at Hestons on Gunflint. Where are you guys staying at? I can't believe how warm it is getting up there.

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walterman

We are wall tenting out on the lake Friday through the weekend and staying down in Lutsen Wednesday and Thursday. We will be fishing on Gunflint, North, and Saganaga if anyone sees us out there stop over for a cold one. Hopefully the rain stays away...

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MooseTrack

Thanks for the info. We will be staying at Gunflint Lodge and will be arriving on Friday...departing on Monday. If you see a husband/wife combo with 2 rugrats and a golden retriever...that would be us. Stop by for a a cold one.

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splakeshaker

We did well a week ago with slender spoons tipped with cisco heads and whole frozen shiners. Spoons outworked raps, airplane jigs and tube jigs. Had no hits on tipups. Good Luck and post pics when ya get back!!

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Leaddog

Was mushing on Gunflint all weekend. The lake will be good but the snowmobilers said the trails were real rough. The Mush for a Cure (breast cancer charity event) starts at noon Saturday and runs the lenght of Gunflint Lake so you'll see 30 some dog teams on the run. Please give them a little extra room. The lodge will be fun that night!

Good luck, didn't have time to fish. Hope to next time.

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thedeadsea

Jack are you mushing in that?

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Leaddog

Seen the other thresd yet?!

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MooseTrack

Sounds like fun leaddog. Being an ax musher I will give them plenty of room.

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grousehunter

Does anyone know of a place to get a better map for Gunflint lake other than the MN dnr lakefinder map?

We will have a green otter cabin and clam 5600 if anyone wants to stop by for a beer.

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walterman

grouse...I have a little different map that my dad bought years ago. Also, I have a bunch of gps coordinates if too. Maybe run into you Saturday.

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Leaddog

Gander Mtn (or cabela's). Gander had three different topos all show water depth. 7 or 8 bucks. Of course these are whole area maps but they'll get you close enough to the structure.

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    • gimruis
      If the water is that clear and you can see 17-20 feet down, the fish will be very spooky.  And if the sun is out, they will be looking for relief from the sun in the form of shade.  Night time might actually be a better option.
    • gimruis
      Not terrible.  But they can be merciless, I will tell you.
    • Mike89
      below the darn is a park there too if I remember right, Plus Garden City has a park by the river too I think..
    • Rick
      Good fishing in the Blue Earth river too. Also, a short drive to Rapidan can be productive.
    • Wanderer
      Welcome to the site @eg_gophers2124 I have never even seen the lake but these screen shots might help. Navionics Judging by the Lake Finder report, it’s a super clear lake; 17-20 foot clarity but with plenty of weeds. A couple shots of the weed report. Starting from scratch, I would head to the southwest area.  The southern basin has better looking structure too. You might do well simply working edges of the emergent weeds with spinnerbaits in low light and weedless frogs or spoons up in the weeds when it gets to be mid day.  Crawler under a slip bobber on the weed edges could do well also. It’s purely guessing on my part.  Hopefully someone with experience on the lake will chime in. Good luck!
    • Mike89
      walked that creek to the river many years!!!  again home area!!!!  
    • Rick
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    • ifishwalleye
      Thank you Vermilliongold. This took care of the problem. 
    • eg_gophers2124
      Yes it is open. It is $7.00 this year. It is a nice access and I use it every time instead of one of the public accesses. It is on Hwy 24 & county rd 39. It is a little old lady that owns it and collects the money. There is a bucket and notepad to write your plate number on if she isn't home.
    • eg_gophers2124
      We have rented a cabin on Sylvan Lake between Pillager and Brainerd for the family this weekend. My 13 year old really would like to find some bass and pike. I have never fished the lake and don't fish for bass or pike often, does anyone have a fishing report and tips of what depth/lures to use? We do have a boat to get around the lake.  TIA